CACREP Accreditated through 2023

We are pleased to announce that our CACREP accreditation has been extended to our next cycle in 2023. You can anticipate continued excellence and some changes on the horizon as we transition into the 2016 standards. We will streamline our assessment process, utilizing TaskStream to create the portfolio, and you can expect to see syllabus updates starting this summer. Starting soon, we will be introducing some changes in the curriculum to offer new options for all students, and to prepare for K-12 School Counseling certification, consistent with many other states.  

This Month's Faculty Spotlight- Dr. Maia Moore discussing the MSU Graduate Counseling Program

 April 29, 2017 

Neurocounseling and Mindfulness in Play Therapy Supervision

Presenter(s):  Dr. Leslie Anderson, PhD, LP (MO), CDE and Rebecca J. Smotherman, MS, LPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Time:  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location:  Park Central Office Building (Corner of South Ave and McDaniel), Room 238  

Parking:  There is free parking at the Campbell/McDaniel garage and street parking available in the down town area.

Workshop Information:  This workshop will focus on neurocounseling and mindfulness in play therapy supervision.  Participants will: 

1.       Define the brain basics of neurocounseling and mindfulness.

2.       Explore the role of play therapy across the lifespan.

3.       Identify brain based aspects of the supervisory relationship (e.g. trauma, attachment, trust, empathy, etc.)

MSIPT is an APT Approved Provider: APT 12-335

RSVP by (Friday, March 30, 2017 by email to  

Workshop registration form  

CENTER CITY COUNSELING CLINIC – Missouri state University

Two workshops – One day: Friday – May 5, 2017

“The ABC's of Play Therapy in Schools” with Rebecca Smotherman, LPC, RPT-S 8:30am – 11:30am 

School counselors, school social workers and school-based clinicians may face challenges or barriers in meeting the various needs of students due to limitations of verbal processing skills in young children. This workshop presents attendees with opportunities to explore the use of play based interventions in schools including the appropriateness, benefits and challenges. Play-based interventions provide opportunities for children to communicate in the most natural, developmentally appropriate way.  Participants will also be introduced to the Association for Play Therapy’s credentialing process for obtaining the School Based Registered Play Therapist certification and explore supervision considerations for SB-RPT.  

“Expressive Arts in Counseling” with Dr. Taryne M. Mingo 1:00pm – 4:00pm 

This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to explore the use of expressive arts in counseling with children and adolescents.  Often, children in particular do not have the vocabulary to conceptualize issues. Adolescents may experienced a trauma that causes a developmental block and a subsequent inability to be reached through traditional therapeutic interventions.  Even cognitively well-defended adults may not be best served by ‘talk therapies.’ Creative approaches can provide an alternative method for communication across the lifespan. This workshop is experiential in nature.  A variety of media will be presented including visual arts, clay, children’s literature, creative writing, dance/movement and music.  Participants will be encouraged to actively engage in workshop activities in order to better understand the potential for using these approaches.

Registration form


SITE SUPERVISOR TRAINING for Spring 2017 Supervision of Interns:

Site Supervisor Training-Tuesday July 25, 2017  CMHC site supervisor training will be at 11:30-12:30 and School site supervisor training will be at 1:00 PM in the Park Central Office Building room 127

*Site supervisors who have current training through the FA17 semester will have the opportunity to update site supervisor training during site visits by instructors this semester.  Please notify your intern if this is something you are interested in, as the site visits may take a bit longer than usual to accommodate for this.

 Spring 2018 applications for practicum and internship are due by 10/1/2017 


About Us

Our faculty come from a wide background of experience and diversity. Their love and devotion to preparing future counselors, lead this CACREP accredited program.

Center City Counseling Clinic

Center City Counseling Center is one of Springfield's longest counseling centers, providing low income residents with professional services and students the opportunity to work in a real world setting.

Community Partners

The MSU Graduate Counseling program works directly with local schools, hospitals and clinics in an effort to provide students with real world experience. If you are a community partner enter through this portal for documents.